Two felony charges bring 25 year minimum sentence


IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City police department distributed a press release last week, announcing a former Imlay City resident was found guilty of sex crimes involving a four-year old.

According to Chief Brett Selby, a Lapeer County jury found 53-year old Robert Arthur Kreft, guilty of one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree–felony life in prison or any number of years and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree–a 15-year felony and accosting a minor for immoral purposes–a four-year felony. Kreft will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Chief Selby reported the jury convicted Kreft after a short deliberation in the 40th Circuit Court last Wednesday afternoon and Kreft was immediately taken into custody by sheriff deputies.

Imlay City Police Sergeant Sean Leathers was the officer in charge of the investigation that involved only one victim over a four-year period with multiple victimizations.

The victim was only four years old at the time the assaults began which continued over a four-year period.

The Lapeer County Prosecutors Office was instrumental in assisting in the investigation and the prosecution of this unthinkable act of violence against a child.

Chief Selby reminded everyone, if you are a victim of sexual assault there are resources available through the Child Advocacy Center and LC Safe at 810-664-9990 or you can send them a message through the Child Advocacy Center website at: